- Bart Bok
name = Bart Bok
caption = Bart Bok
April 28 1906
August 5 1983
death_place = Tucson
nationality = Dutch-American
alma_mater = Leiden Groningen
Bart Jan Bok (
Hoorn, April 28 1906– Tucson, August 5 1983) was a Dutch-American astronomer.
He was born in the
Netherlands, and educated at the Leiden and Groningen Universities. In 1929 he married fellow astronomerDr. Priscilla Fairfield Bok, and for the remainder of their lives the two collaborated closely on their astronomical work.
From 1929 until 1957 he worked at
Harvard University. He then worked as director of Mount Stromlo Observatoryin Australiafor nine years, before returning to the United Statesas director of Steward Observatory. He became a US citizen in 1938.
In 1975 Bok coauthored the statement "Objections to Astrology (The Humanist, 1975)" [http://www.americanhumanist.org/about/astrology.html] , which was endorsed by 186 professional astronomers, astrophysicists, and other scientists, including nineteen winners of the
Nobel Prize. The statement was published in The Humanist. This led to the formation of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, of which he was a founding Fellow.
Bart Bok was an exceedingly popular personality in the field of astronomy, noted for his affability and humor. The
Asteroid 1983 Bokwas named for him while he was still living. In the ceremony announcing the award, he thanked the IAU for giving him "a little plot of land that [I] can retire to and live on." He participated in or led several groups to view solar eclipses, the last near Irkutskin Siberiain the summer of 1980. On this trip to the USSRhe led the group on a side trip to Byurakan Observatory, meeting with the director, Victor Ambartsumian.
Bok died of a heart attack at his home in Tucson, Arizona.
Henry Norris Russell Lectureship(1982)
Klumpke-Roberts Award(1982)Named after him
*Bok crater on the
Moon(with his wife)
Asteroid 1983 Bok(with his wife)
*Bart J Bok Postdoctoral Fellowship, given out by the Astronomy Department of the
University of Arizonaand Steward Observatory.
* Bart Jan Bok and Priscilla Fairfield Bok, "The Milky Way", 5th ed., Harvard University Press, 1981, ISBN 0-674-57503-2.
David H. Levy, "The Man Who Sold the Milky Way: A Biography of Bart Bok", University of Arizona Press, 1993, ISBN 0816511495 (hardcover); 1995, ISBN 0816515247 (paperback).
title=Galactic spiral structure.
publication-date=1966 Nov 4
title=Graduate Training in Astronomy.
doi = 10.1126/science.154.3749.590-a
publication-date=1955 Jun 17
title=Science in International Cooperation.
doi = 10.1126/science.121.3155.843
publication-date=1953 Jan 23
title=The United Nations Expanded Program for Technical Assistance.
doi = 10.1126/science.117.3030.67
publication-date=1944 Sep 8
title=FREEDOM IN SCIENCE.
doi = 10.1126/science.100.2593.217-a
publication-date=1949 Feb 11
title=Science and the Maintenance of Peace.
doi = 10.1126/science.109.2824.131
publication-date=1941 Jun 13
title=THE DISTRIBUTION OF AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL LITERATURE ABROAD.
doi = 10.1126/science.93.2424.568
title=Note on the Stellar Distribution in the Vicinity of a Southern Galactic Window.
periodical=Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
* [http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/BruceMedalists/Bok/index.html Bruce Medal page]
* [http://www.nap.edu/books/0309049784/html/72.html National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs V.64 (1994)]
* [http://adsabs.harvard.edu//full/seri/JRASC/0078//0000003.000.html JRASC 78 (1984) 3]
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